Last updated: November 04. 2013 2:42AM - 4365 Views
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HENLAWSON — Human skeletal remains found Sunday at Henlawson may be a missing Henlawson resident.

James David Marcum, 44, was last seen on June 4 when he left his residence late at night on a 1991 red Honda 300 ATV.

On Sun., Nov. 3, Logan County Sheriff Sonya Porter reports that 911 received a call from someone reporting a red four-wheeler in a wooded area at Henlawson. Upon investigating the report, Logan County Deputy Sheriff Cpl. M.C. Sutherland did find a red four-wheeler that appeared to have been wrecked in the area.

“Cpl. Sutherland called me and said ‘Hey Sheriff, I found a red four-wheeler.’ Of course, we are looking for a gentleman that was on a red four wheeler,” Porter said. “I asked him if he saw anything else and he said ‘No ma’am, not at this time.’ I told him to step in a little bit further and tell me if you see anything. A few minutes later he called me back and said ‘Yes ma’am, I found human remains.’

Porter said the State Medical Examiners (ME) office was notified of the discovery.

“The ME office came down and assisted us on recovering all the skeletal remains that were there,” Porter said. “They have advised us that the remains will be going to Washington DC to an anthropologist doctor. They will review and see exactly what the cause of death was and to determine whether it was male or female and hopefully get an identity of the person with the four-wheeler that was found.”

Porter said Sunday afternoon that it had not been determined if the red four wheeler found belonged to Marcum.

“We are in the process of finishing that up. We didn’t bother the crime scene a whole lot. We wanted to get the ME’s office in to get everything done,” Porter said. “We are just now getting it out. We will know shortly if that is the four-wheeler that he (Marcum) was driving. Right now we can’t tell if it male or female. We don’t have an identity but it is leaning towards that investigation back in June.”

Porter said there were some clothing found at the site.

“There was a little bit of clothing, but most of it was decomposed,” Porter said.

Porter said the loss of leaves and vegetation from recent killing frosts played a prominent role in finding the four-wheeler.

“That was the whole problem we had through the summer,” Porter said. “The State Police helped us out tremendously by doing flyovers with the helicopter and helping to search. Even Search and Rescue and Water Rescue were out searching. They been in ponds and they have been in the mountains. They even had an event here this weekend, but it was until the frost came and the leaves starting falling off before anyone could find it. I remember driving down through here just looking for any little sign, but the foliage was just so thick you couldn’t see anything until today.”

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